Trevor Smith

Senior Research Assistant (Out-posted), Conservation Science

Background

I am involved in national and local monitoring and surveys to establish baseline population figures or trends of species including red and black-throated divers, common scoter, merlins, hen and marsh harrier, upland birds, bearded tit, twite and ring ouzel with data collection on habitat and/or productivity in most of these projects.

My research work has mainly focused on identifying causes of declines in winter and breeding farmland birds (with regard to habitat and agri-environment schemes), bean geese habitat preference, goldeneye nest box use and success and breeding common scoter loch preference to identify causes of declines and inform conservation solutions. Tern nesting success was studied to assess the effectiveness of mink eradication. I participated in research on wintering redshank predator avoidance strategies, worked for RSPB Investigations Department and drafted RSPB species and habitat advisory leaflets.

I am currently involved in research into the effectiveness of different methods of restoring blanket bog on areas of forestry plantations to benefit breeding waders and other important bog species. I'm also identifying aquatic invertebrates and ageing trout for the Scoter and Trout Management Project.

External Activities

  • 1986 to present: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Icelandic-breeding Goose Census

Contact

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Senior Research Assistant (Out-posted), Conservation Science

Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

trevor.smith@rspb.org.uk

Specialisms

Climate change Ecosystem services Identifying problems New methods and technologies UK species Upland

Selected Publications

Using repeated winter surveys to estimate changes in abundance of seed-eating passerines

Winter Atlas surveys of 16 species on lowland farmland revealed significant changes in count for four species. Aims To estimate changes in abundance between the early 1980s and late 1990s...

Date
24 March 2009
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Trevor Smith, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Hancock, M.H., Smith, T., Chamberlain, D.E., Wilson, D.E. & Lack, P.C.
Published in
Bird Study
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Corn bunting Goldfinch Linnet Tree sparrow Yellowhammer Scotland Agriculture UK species

The breeding biology of terns on the western isles in relation to mink eradication

American Mink were introduced to Lewis in the 1950s and '60s, and their range expanded south to colonise North Uist by the late 1990s. Mink eradication was initiated in 1999 and the islands were almost...

Date
01 January 2006
RSPB Authors
Trevor Smith
Authors
Ratcliffe, N., Houghton, D., Mayo, A., Smith, T. & Scott, M.
Published in
Atlantic Seabird
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Arctic tern Common tern Little tern Scotland UK species

Correlates of lake use by breeding common scoters in Scotland

Many populations of sea-ducks, which typically winter at sea but breed on fresh water, are declining. Numbers of common scoters Melanitta nigra (L.) breeding in Scotland halved between 1995 and...

Date
02 August 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Trevor Smith
Authors
Hancock, M., Robson, H.J., Smith, T.D. & Douse, A.
Published in
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 26: 749–767
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Common scoter Scotland Marine UK species

Status of red-throated divers Gavia stellata in Britain in 2006

Capsule The population of Red-throated Divers in Britain increased between 1994 and 2006. Aim To determine the population size and distribution of Red-throated Divers in Britain for comparison with the...

Date
28 May 2009
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Eaton, Trevor Smith
Authors
Dillon, I.A., Smith, T.D., Williams, S.J., Haysom, S. & Eaton, M.A.
Published in
Bird Study
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Red-throated diver UK Identifying problems